Baumholder Outdoor Recreation, Smith Barracks, Bldg. 816, 485-7182 or 06783-6-7182
March 9 to 10
Explore Berlin, the capital city of Germany! Visit Brandenburg Gate, explore Checkpoint Charlie, the remnants of the Berlin Wall, and the legacy of communist East Berlin. See the ruins of WWII, eat a currywurst, shop at the exclusive stores on Kurfürstendamm and Unter den Linden, visit Berlin Zoo, or check out the view of the once divided city from the top of the TV tower or the glass dome of the Reichstag! There is no set schedule or tour guide to follow on this express day trip, and you won’t need one when you download a free digital travel guidebook from Army Libraries. Explore all of Berlin’s options however you wish.Cost: adults $99, children under 12 $69
Solden Austria Ski and Snowboard Weekend
March 14 to 18
Let Baumholder take you on a Ski and Snowboard trip of a life time. Sölden is the largest ski resort in the Oetztal valley and its “Think big, think Sölden” slogan is applicable to both its terrain and nightlife. This Alpine Ski World Cup venue ticks plenty of boxes: it has excellent snow reliability on two glaciers allowing it to stay open from October to May; an extensive network of slopes (145km) with an equally impressive lift system; more than 30 mountain huts in which to quench the thirst Don’t wait till the last minute to book this trip.Cost $425 includes round trip transportation and lodging. Lift tickets not included.
Prepare for an exciting day of sightseeing in Paris, the City of Light! Enjoy the view from the top of the Eiffel tower, take an excursion to Versailles or climb the towers of Notre Dame. With no tour guide or set schedule, you are free to explore your choice of any or all of the 20 districts of the “most romantic city in the world” however you wish. If you asked 50 different people to describe the best way to spend a day in Paris, you would get 50 different answers. Don’t settle for someone else’s pre-packaged day in Paris seeing what they want you to see when you can make your trip to Paris your own. Cost Adults: $89.00 per person, Children under 12: $49.00
Spring Hunting Course
Duration: March 16 to June 3
The German Hunting Course is an intensive program (approximately 8 weeks) which covers all facets of hunting in Germany. During this course, participants will learn land management, game disease and harvest plans, as well as earn the right to hunt and own firearms and a lifelong hunting certification. Hunting license valid throughout Europe. Limited spaces available for this course. Cost $250 plus additional fees to include membership and range fees.
Swiss Chocolate and Cheese Tasting
Enjoy a delicious day in which we will sample both of Switzerland’s favorite exports, Cailler Chocolate and Gruyères Cheese! In the village of Broc, you will enjoy a hands-on tour of the Cailler chocolate factory. This sensory smorgasbord culminates in an all you can eat tasting! But don’t stuff yourself silly, you’ll need to save room for our next stop, the La Maison du Gruyère cheese factory in Gruyères! After touring the cheese factory you can sample the local cheese at 3, 6 and 9 months of aging or buy a fondue meal in the restaurant. After both factories you will have time to visit the medieval castle or any of the other museums in the village of Gruyères. Cost Adults: $99 per person, Children under 12: $89 per child
Stuttgart Zoo and Chocolate Factory
Spend the day at Wilhema Park, one of Germany’s best zoos, and end it with a walk through the Ritter Sport museum. Today’s Wilhelma Park belongs to the historical heritage of Baden-Württemberg. The park has undergone a transition from being the purely private retreat of a king to become the zoological and botanical gardens of Stuttgart, with just over 2.1 million yearly visitors. The Ritter Sport museum’s collection consists of nearly 600 paintings, objects, sculptures and graphic works, a breadth of painterly and sculptural confrontation with the square form used as the design for the Ritter chocolate. Ritter’s factory is located in Waldenbuch, outside Stuttgart. They have shops and interactive museums in Waldenbuch that are open to visitors. When you are finished, you can then treat yourself with a wide variety of chocolate from their Chocolate shop.Cost Adults: $69, Children under 17: $49
Visit the “Garden of Europe,” the world famous Keukenhof gardens! Keukenhof has been the world’s largest flower garden for over fifty years. This trip will take you to eighty acres of Tulip Gardens in Keukenhof where many fascinating flower arrangements spread along winding, gentle and paved paths. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, narcissi and orchids, azaleas, and hydrangeas in every color imaginable are represented, as are many more! For a different perspective of the gardens, take an electric ‘whisper boat’ cruise on one of many canals. You will also visit a cheese farm and wooden shoe shop on the way to the gardens where you can stock up on traditional Dutch specialty items. Cost Adults: $99, Children under 12: $89
March 30 to 31
Visit Bruges, Belgium’s “Venice of the North.” The UNESCO World Heritage city of Bruges is a pristine example of old world architecture and culture. Canals and windmills surround the city center, where you will find countless open squares and beautiful architecture in a city which celebrates its culture. Climb the bell tower where 47 bells chime out the time every 15 minutes. See the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and the world famous relic it houses, or Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child in the Church of Our Lady. Tempt your taste buds at the French Fry Museum, the Chocolate Museum or the Bruges Beer Museum, and dine an your choice of Bruges’ award winning pubs and restaurants. You will enjoy your day in Bruges.Cost Adults: $79, Children under 12: $59
Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation, Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2905, 493-4117 or 0631-3406-4117. Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on federal holidays. https://kaiserslautern.armymwr.com
Imperial Weekend – Vienna & Budapest
March 14 to 18
Spend a long weekend along the Danube river in three Hapsburg imperial cities, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. Cost: Starting at $429+ per person.
March 15 to 18
Use the long weekend to your advantage and climb to the top of the Eiffel tower, view the Mona Lisa, visit Versailles, ring the bells of Notre Dame, or dive into the darker side of Paris on one of the world famous Paris Sewer Tour. 3 overnights will allow for plenty of time to experience a show at Moulin Rouge and the rest of Paris’s famous evening entertainment. Your hotel is close to a metro station, providing you with an excellent home base to explore everything Paris has to offer, at your own pace. Cost: Starting at $399+ per person.
Zell am See Ski Weekend
March 15 to 18
From your hotel on the shores of the Zellersee, you will only be a couple of blocks from the base of the gondola to the ski areas on the Schmittenhöhe. With the ability to ski directly into town, your day will start and end when you want it to, and even if the spring weather is warmer than you like, you can still ski on the Kaprun Glacier, which is high enough to guarantee skiable conditions, even if people are paragliding in the valley. Cost: Starting at $429+ per person.
March 30, April 13 (Tulip Parade), May 4 & 18
Keukenhof has been the world’s largest flower garden for over fifty years. This trip will take you to 80 acres of tulip gardens in Keukenhof where many fascinating flower arrangements spread along winding, gentle and paved paths. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, narcissi, orchids, azaleas, and hydrangeas in every color imaginable are represented, as are many more! For a different perspective of the gardens, take an electric ‘whisper boat’ cruise on one of the many canals. You will also visit a cheese farm and wooden shoe shop on the way to the gardens where you can stock up on traditional Dutch specialty items. Cost: $89 per person
Ski Express – Kaprun Glacier, Austria
Take advantage of a special Ski Express trip to the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier! Virtually guaranteed to still have good snow at the higher elevations, and likely to have top to bottom coverage on the entire glacier area, Kitzsteinhorn is a spring skiing paradise for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Cost: $89 per person
April 4 to 13
Italy is one of Europe’s premier springtime destinations, due to its history, culture, and warmer climate. This Spring Break special will stop at many of the must see locations in Italy. Cost: Starting at $1079 per person
April 4 to 8
When you spend the Spring Break long weekend in Copenhagen, you will have three full days to explore the maritime capital city’s streets and canals, visit various nautical and naval museums, and shop for Scandinavian specialty goods in both Denmark and Sweden. Cost: Starting at $429 per person
Starting on April 10, 13 & 28
Get back to nature, relax, and enjoy a day of trout fishing. While there are a wide variety of places to fish in Germany, we have chosen this one because it’s close, family friendly, and offers the possibility of catching 10-pound fish! And don’t worry about getting skunked, our certified fishing instructor is just waiting to provide as many tips and tricks as it takes to catch as many of them as possible. Cost: Adults $59, ages 6-11 $39, ages 0-5 $19
Explore Berlin, the capital city of Germany. You can visit Brandenburg Gate, explore Checkpoint Charlie, the remnants of the Berlin Wall, and the legacy of communist East Berlin. See the ruins of WWII, eat a currywurst, shop at the exclusive stores on Kurfürstendamm and Unter den Linden, visit Berlin Zoo, or check out the view of the once divided city from the top of the TV tower or the glass dome of the Reichstag! Cost: $99 per person
April 19 to 21
Immerse yourself in the world of the royals at the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and Windsor Castle. Visit the British Museum, the National Gallery, Victoria and Albert’s, or Madame Tussauds. Snap that perfect panorama picture of Big Ben from the top of the London Eye. Visit the original Hard Rock Café and get a picture crossing Abbey Road, or get in some shopping on Oxford Street or at Harrods. We will stay in London late enough to spend an evening at the theater, or enjoy a dinner in a high-class restaurant or specialized gastro-pub. Cost: $149 per person
King’s Day in Amsterdam
Visit Amsterdam, Holland’s “Venice of the North” on King’s Day! King’s Day in Amsterdam just may be the world’s largest birthday party, when the entire population of The Netherlands turns out to celebrate the King’s birthday. Cost: $89 per person